One of the most personal and important aspects of your wedding planning process will be choosing your wedding party! Your wedding party (also known as the bridal party) will include not only the people who will help you plan your big day, but they also are those you will want by your side when you walk down the aisle and say your vows. Typically your wedding party is made up of your sisters, brothers and closest friends or family members.

The Best Man
This guy acts as groom’s valet (personal aide and advisor) through all stages of wedding planning. He’s a fashion consultant, bachelor-party master of ceremonies, and commander-in-chief of the groomsmen brigade.
His duties include (but aren’t limited to):
• Hosts the bachelor party
• Helps the groom select, pick up and return formal wear
• Getting the groom to the ceremony on time
• Holding the bride’s wedding ring at the altar
• Serves as witness to the signing of your marriage license
• Serves as your groom’s personal attendant during the ceremony
• Proposes the first toast to you and your new spouse at the reception
• Calls upon other guests to make toasts
• Manages your departure from the reception with the coordinator

The Maid or Matron of Honor
The bride’s right-hand for the duration of the planning process, she’s there to supply a second pair of eyes and provide emotional support as needed. In general, the maid of honor heads up the bridal shower and handles numerous wedding day details, which might include (but are not limited to):
• Attends pre-wedding parties and events
• Hosts bridal shower and bachelorette party
• Serves as witness to the signing of your marriage license
• Helps you dress and prepare on your wedding day
• Serves as your personal attendant during the ceremony
• Carries your groom’s wedding ring
• Adjusting the bride’s train at the altar
• Holding her bouquet during vows
• Collecting gift envelopes at the reception
• Organizes reception activities like bouquet toss with the coordinator
• Helps the best man organize your departure from the reception

The Groomsmen
A posse of male family members and friends who will assist the groom in planning and preparing for the big day. Their chief responsibilities:
• Arrange and pay for their formal wear
• Assist in preparations when called upon
• Attend pre-wedding parties and events
• Seat guests for the ceremony
• Escort bridesmaids
• Serve as greeters at reception
• Dance with dateless ladies at the reception
• Act as a resource for confused guests
• Prepare vehicle for your departure from the reception

The Bridesmaids
Trustworthy gal pals and female family members who form the bride’s entourage. They are a support team for the maid of honor, helping with:
• Pre-wedding tasks when asked (addressing invites, making bridal shower favors, planning the bachelorette party, and more)
o Arrange and pay for their gowns and accessories
o Host and attend pre-wedding parties and events
o Help decorate the ceremony and reception sites if needed
o Serve as hostesses at reception
o Hit the dance floor and help get the party started

Father of the Bride
Your dad gets to be the gentleman host extraordinaire on this special day! Some of his responsibilities include:
• Co-Host an engagement party with his wife
• Help select the wedding date
• Available for wedding weekend duties like airport runs, heavy lifting, ect.
• Traditionally he is the one to escort you down the aisle
• Prepares a special toast for the reception
• Participates in the Father Daughter dance at the reception
• Typically is the last person to leave the reception after greeting guest and seeing them off for the evening

Father of the Groom
Your future father-in-law can be a great resource during this time and help with the following:
• Host the rehearsal dinner with his wife
• Kicks off the rehearsal dinner with a toast
• May also have a toast for the reception
• Be on call for additional help needed on the wedding day (airport rides, heavy lifting, ect.)

Mother of the Bride
Your mom can be a great resource and helper during this time, but ultimately it’s up to you how involved she will be. Here are some areas will she may be able to help:
• Help bride and groom scout out ceremony and wedding reception sites and ask friends/family for vendor recommendations.
• Help bride choose her wedding dress
• Compile and submit names and addresses of your family and friends to be included on the master guest list.
• Talk to the groom’s family about whom they want to include on the guest list and manage the difficult task of limiting the number of guests, if necessary.
• Help research family or ethnic traditions and heirlooms to incorporate into the ceremony or reception.
• Determine what you want her to wear on the big day and find a gorgeous mother of the bride dress. Then, consult with the groom’s mom on what you two will be wearing. You’ll both feel more comfortable if your elegance is in sync. Start looking for the perfect dress.
• In a Christian wedding, be seated in the first pew directly before the ceremony and leave the chapel first afterward.
• Dance with the father of the bride (or other escort) and the groom during the formal first-dance sequence.
• Remind the bride often how special she is and that she’ll be the most beautiful bride in history.
• Let the bride cry on your shoulder anytime, day or night (you know, be a mom)

Mother of the Groom
The groom’s mom may assume any of the bride’s mom’s responsibilities if you need the additional help, but should consult with you and the mother of the bride. Her other responsibilities may include:
• Co-host & plan the Rehearsal Dinner with her husband
• Attend Bridal Showers and other pre-wedding events
• Stand in the receiving line
• Dance with her son during the reception